Get to know: Domaine la Zouina, 'Epicuria' Chardonnay
A superbly crafted wine that shows off the many faces of Chardonnay. A nose of custard apple, white flowers and pear fruit. Several months of barrel ageing deliver hints of vanilla and toast. It is big and attention grabbing with sweet apple, quince and green almonds with a complex musky finish.
Try this with smoked trout or a spiced tagine.
The Domaine de la Zouina is an old colonial estate created by the French in the early twentieth century. Gérard Gribelin, an avid golfer, and Philippe Gervoson, a car racing enthusiast, both oenophiles, bought it in 2002. Gérard Gribelin spent thirty years managing Château Fieuzal, a Pessac-Léognan Grand Cru. His son Christopher manages this estate today. Philippe Gervoson owns Château Larrivet Haut-Brion in Pessac-Léognan, so both have a wealth of classical winemaking experience to bring to this project.
To maximise the efficiency of the vines the work in the vineyard is meticulous. 4000 vines per hectare eliminates stress hydrique and canopy management achieves the best aeration for the vines. Quality is further enhanced by voluntary small yields, a green harvest at the beginning of summer and various inspections which discard the grapes which do not merit being in the final blend.